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Danger to pedestrians from constant driving on/over a tarmac council footpath

Reported via desktop in the Footpath / pavement problem category anonymously at 13:51, Wednesday 6 April 2022

Received by Buckinghamshire Council moments later

Drivers are regularly driving over or onto a tarmac council footpath, causing a danger to children, dogs and other residents of Widmer End. This is very dangerous as it is a footpath between Windmill Drive (a private road) and Primrose Green so children and dogs regularly run about and play here. The path is used regularly throughout every day and evening by children, dog walkers and other Widmer End residents (especially as it is a direct route to the pre and primary school). . We can see the footpath from our sofa and regularly see cars and vans reverse onto it (carrying out a 3 point turn to return back down the private road). This happens many times a day. We have been unable to find any organisation responsible for the replacement of the 4 fallen bollards that used to prevent this from happening. Today (and not for the first time) a van has driven down the private road and straight over the footpath and on down Primrose Green - the tyre tracks can be seen in the photo attached. Tradesmen have, on other occasions, done the same (without permission) to access land or property they are working on (for example laying cables) even when they are not working on the actual path they are driving on. Not only is this regular access by vehicles likely to shorten the life of the footpath (not designed for vehicle use) but, more importantly, it's only a matter of time before someone is injured (or worse) by a vehicle reversing onto it.

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  • Thank you for your report which is currently under review.
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    Buckinghamshire Council

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:51, Wednesday 6 April 2022

  • Thank you for your report. We are currently building a package of works where your report will be addressed when we are next in the area.

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    Transport for Buckinghamshire

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:39, Wednesday 13 April 2022

  • Thank you for your report. Although this does not meet our criteria for requiring immediate attention, this defect will be added to our records for the future.

    Our records will be used to generate larger planned works and will also enable us to pick up this defect when we are carrying out repairs of a similar nature in the area.
    Thank you for taking the time to bring this matter to our attention.

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    Transport for Buckinghamshire

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Buckinghamshire Council at 11:39, Wednesday 13 April 2022

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Buckinghamshire Council at 13:29, Wednesday 13 April 2022

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